A lifelong Seattle resident, Macklemore has always believed in using his platform, resources and creative pursuits to have an impact on social justice issues. Along with Ryan Lewis, Macklemore launched The Residency program in 2015, which has since become one of the preeminent opportunities for young aspiring artists in the region. For his support of marriage equality and human rights, Macklemore was honored with the ACLU of Washington's Civil Libertarian Award in October of 2014. Drawing on his personal battles with drugs and alcohol, Macklemore has consistently used his art and platform to raise awareness around issues of addiction and recovery. In 2016 he was featured alongside President Barack Obama in a documentary called Prescription for Change, a film about America's opioid epidemic and solutions to address the issue.